Covid-19: Six refugees, 19 foreigners getting treatment in Uganda



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National—3, July 2020: Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Friday afternoon confirmed nine new Covid-19 cases for Thursday, July 2.

A statement issued by the same Ministry says the cumulative confirmed cases of Uganda is now 911. 3,349 total samples were tested on Thursday.

“Of the nine confirmed cases, four are truck drivers; three are contacts and alerts; two from Amuru and one from Kyotera district. Two are Indians, resident in Uganda who returned on 1, July 2020 from Mumbai, India and were under quarantine at the time of test…” Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, Director General Health Services says, in a press release he issued on Friday afternoon.

Regarding the Ugandan truck drivers, he says two arrived from Kenya via Malaba, one arrived from Tanzania via Mutukula and one arrived from South Sudan via Elegu.

Eleven foreign truck drivers, ten Kenyans and one Tanzanian tested positive for Covid-19 at the border points of entry, and their entry into the country was not permitted.

According to Dr Mwebesa, there are 197 active cases on admission; 172 are Ugandans, six are refugees, and 19 foreigners. “It’s important to note that foreigners and refugees are admitted in our health facilities but not captured in the cumulative confirmed Covid-19 cases,” he added.

“To date, Uganda has registered a total of 849 Covid-19 recoveries. Recoveries include both Ugandans and non-Ugandans and no Covid-19 related death recorded.”

A total of 3,349 tests were carried out bringing the cumulative total of samples tested to 200,179.

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